On Mother's Day Sunday May 8, 2011 Team AITKD Tough Mudder's took on the North East Tough Mudder, a 10-mile course running through Mount Snow Vermont with over 25 military-style obstacles (mud, snow, 38 deg. water, ice, fire, maple syrup and 10,000 volts of electricity), 13,747 feet of elevation change and 7,000 feet of climbing!!
We all entered this race with different objectives but all of us trained together for this event, putting ourselves through many weeks of physical training including long distance running. Some of us, including myself, entered this event with pre-existing conditions - mine being "adhesive capsulitis" better known as frozen shoulder. But this was something I felt I needed to do at this point in my life and I was extremely happy that my daughter was there right alongside me throughout this amazing experience. (after all it was Mother's Day!)
While I would like to say I was able to complete ALL the obstacles, I have decided that I am not going to beat myself up over not being able to clear the Evil Knievel nor the Berlin Walls due to my shoulder impingement. Upon much reflection, I have decided that I didn't run this race solely to be a "Tough Mudder". Rather, I ran this race to test myself and my willingness/ability to do things that I would normally never think to do. The race ending up being more self-discovery and I easily accomplished that goal throughout the race!
You can view our video on YouTube http://youtu.be/uGeNlQ69Bkg